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Jack and Mr Grin ➽ [Download] ✤ Jack and Mr Grin By Andersen Prunty ➲ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk A surreal and horrifying thriller from Andersen Prunty Jack Orange is a twenty something guy who works at a place called The Tent packing dirt in boxes and shipping them off to exotic unheard of local A surreal and horrifying thriller from Andersen Prunty Jack Orange is a twenty something guy who works at a place called The Tent packing dirt in boxes and shipping them off to exotic unheard of locales He thinks about his girlfriend Gina Black and the ring Jack and PDF or he hopes to surprise her with But when he returns home one day Gina isn't there He receives a strange call from a man who sounds like he is smiling Mr Grin He says he has Gina He gives Jack twenty four hours to find her What follows is Jack's bizarre journey through an increasingly warped and surreal landscape where an otherworldly force burns brands into those he comes in contact with trains appear out of thin air rooms turn themselves inside out and computers are powered by birds And if he does find Gina how will he ever survive a grueling battle to the death with Mr Grin.

  • Paperback
  • 196 pages
  • Jack and Mr Grin
  • Andersen Prunty
  • English
  • 21 February 2016
  • 9781933929715

10 thoughts on “Jack and Mr Grin

  1. Mort Mort says:

    It’s been a few days since I’ve finished this and I’m still not sure how I feel about it So let me start with a music analogyFor those of you who don’t know me I’m a rocker at heart My tastes can be heavier at times and lighter at others but I very rarely like pop music which means my choices can be limitedSome years ago I saw a music video of a song they used in the movie TWILIGHT Sigh let’s get this out of the way first TWILIGHT is not horror Nobody will take you serious as a bad ass if you’re drinking apple juice in a sippy cupThe song was by MUSE I’ve heard a song here and there by them and it was good enough that I wouldn’t change the channel but I wouldn’t have bought an album And then a few years later I saw the music video for UPRISING I fucking LOVED everything about it The music the message and the video especially you can’t go wrong with killer teddy bears Then I heard RESISTANCE which I liked as well They were winning me overAnd then they released the video for the song UNDISCLOSED DESIRES I had to Google it just now and I thought to myself What the FUCK is this SHIT? I just couldn’t believe how much I disliked that particular songWhy this analogy? I’ll get to that laterThe story in this book is mainly about Jack go figure huh He has a monotonous job with absolutely zero intellectual stimulation you know something at least half the Kardashians might be able to do On the day he is about to propose to his girlfriend she disappears He receives a call from Mr Grin that’s right Sherlock who claims to have her and he gives Jack only 24 hours to find her or he will never see her againTo which Jack replies “I don’t have money but what I do have is a particular set of skills”No that’s another story Jack doesn’t really have any skills so he is mightily fucked unless he can come up with something incredible And as the story progresses things will become incredibleSoooooowhat are my thoughts on this storyI find it difficult to articulate because my opinion changes day to day This story borders on extreme horror but at a certain stage you move into this different world where all the rules are different which comes across as fantasy perhaps? And I’ll be damned if I can explain why I felt – disappointed is the wrong word perhaps – like this story didn’t live up to its full potential The reason I say this is because I have thought about it the last few days and I can’t come up with a single idea that could have made this story better than it wasWhich brings me back to the analogy I started withI think Anderson Prunty is like MUSE It will depend on the reader how you experience it Maybe it will be your UPRISING or maybe it will be your UNDISCLOSED DESIRES And not exactly sure if and where the middle ground for this story will be Maybe you should be able to bend your mind just a little than I am comfortable withIn the end I’m glad I read this story it was good

  2. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    When Jack Orange's girlfriend Gina goes missing he soon gets a sinister phone call from a man that sounds like he's constantly smiling Mr Grin Mr Grin has Gina and Jack has 24 hours to find them In the mean time Mr Grin is going to have some fun This is the ninth book in my Kindle Unlimited Experiment For the 30 day trial I'm only reading books that are part of the program and keeping track what the total cost of the books would have been This is my fourth Andersen Prunty novel and my favorite so far Jack Mr Grin is a psychological horror novel about a man racing the clock to find his girlfriend and the psychopath that is holding her hostage Complicating things is that Mr Grin seems all knowing and people who Jack encounters wind up with a brand on them and get possessed with psychotic rage and try to kill him Not to mention Mr Grin repeatedly calling him Around the halfway mark the book was so hard to put down it was as if it was stapled to my hands Jack manages to figure out where Gina might be held and things get pretty bizarre It reminded me of the story of Orpheus a few times I wanted to love this book but I only wound up liking it uite a bit Jack had a case of the stupids a few times like wondering if Mr Grin had supernatural powers late in the book despite all the supernatural things that had already occurred Also there were a few too many unanswered uestions about Gina and Mr Grin Other than that it was an easy four star read for me Current Kindle Unlimited Savings Total 4909

  3. Col Col says:

    SynopsisblurbA surreal and horrifying thriller from Andersen PruntyJack Orange is a twenty something guy who works at a place called The Tent packing dirt in boxes and shipping them off to exotic unheard of locales He thinks about his girlfriend Gina Black and the ring he hopes to surprise her with But when he returns home one day Gina isn't there He receives a strange call from a man who sounds like he is smiling Mr Grin He says he has Gina He gives Jack twenty four hours to find herWhat follows is Jack's bizarre journey through an increasingly warped and surreal landscape where an otherworldly force burns brands into those he comes in contact with trains appear out of thin air rooms turn themselves inside out and computers are powered by birds And if he does find Gina how will he ever survive a grueling battle to the death with Mr Grin? My takeAnother visit to the strange world and fantastic imagination of author Andersen Prunty with his novel Jack and Mr GrinFor a while the book appears to be a kind of straightforward crimey thriller with a woman abducted and a missing person investigation where the abductor Mr Grin taunts the bereft boyfriend Jack and sets him a deadline for saving Gina and an invitation to the showdown from hell where either Jack or Mr Grin will remain the last man standing During the course of the novel Mr Grin contacts Jack regularly and relays graphically to him what particular torment he is inflicting on Gina at that moment Not pleasant not nice and very difficult for both Jack and the reader to bear witness toAlong the way the fantastic the absurd the unexplainable all become part of the narrative and the norm for the story People who assist Jack in his uest become affected and hostile towards him as he along with Gina's brother continues his search Mucho weirdness ensues a fair portion of which I found funny strange disturbing unfathomable but actually uite interesting and entertaining I don't think I'm going to suddenly change the reading habits of my last 30 years but I think I can find room for the occasional venture into Andersen Prunty's strange universeMr Prunty narrated this one himself and I think his somewhat deadpan style of narration made the story seem personal and believable Andersen was JackDecent story decent pace interesting characters and interactions occasional moments of humour In some respects it's a testament to the power of love and the pain and sacrifice and suffering you are willing to endure to preserve that4 from 5Prunty's The Driver's Guide to Hitting Pedestrians has been enjoyed beforeRead listened to August 2020Published 2008Page count 137 4 hrs 15 minsSource Audible purchaseFormat Audiblehttpcol2910blogspotcom202009a

  4. Melki Melki says:

    Jack returns home from procuring a greasy fast food breakfast intending to propose to his lady love Gina BUTGina is nowhere to be foundJack's cell phone rings and suddenly a nasty man is saying nasty things and making nasty promises Jack now has just 24 hours to find Gina or Mr Grin will make her disappear forever And so begins a sick twisted and twisty treasure hunt This is a taut horrorthriller with supernatural elements and nightmarish imagery It is violent and oh yes NASTY at times so be forewarned Unlike many horror novels where the ending is rushed phony or a just plain cop out Let's all hold hands and sing 'Kum Ba Yah' and all the bad spirits will go away this ending fits this book perfectly

  5. Jordan Jordan says:

    Just imagine David Lynch directing an episode of the Twilight ZoneConsidering that the only thing I have read of Andersen Prunty’s work was his flash fiction collection THE OVERWHELMING URGE I was a little unsure about how the author would approach a full length work As I stated in my review of his previous book I’m not a huge fan of flash fiction and prefer longer works Well Prunty answered my prayers with this bizarro cat and mouse suspense novel JACK MR GRIN really captures the pain and anguish of Jack whose girlfriend is kidnapped He is taunted by the kidnapper Mr Grin via cell phone and even though the set up seems clichéd Prunty puts a twist on it by making Mr Grin realistically sleazy and disgusting As soon as you feel like you’re involved in a typical kidnapper holding girl hostage plot something happens that leaves you saying “Oh my god I can’t believe this is happening” or “I can’t believe so and so character just said that”Oh but wait what’s the book about? Jack’s girlfriend disappears and he gets a phone call from a guy who claims that he has her What follows is a weird story that follows Jack on his uest to find her On that uest he encounters not only bizarro situations but doubt about his girlfriend Gina as well Some of the topics covered by Prunty are fidelity and the true past of your girlfriendboyfriend In this the author succeeds in showing the realistic thought processes of a young guy in a troubled relationshipAt times the plotting reminded me of a Dean Koontz novel albeit one that is less corny and contrived Mysterious things happen that make the reader on edge eagerly awaiting the next chapter to find out just what the hell is going on When it all comes together we’re faced with a truly bizarre unfolding of events I don’t want to spoil it so I’ll let the reader find out for themselves Let’s just say you probably won’t see it coming I know that while I was reading the end I sat wide eyed and in awe of the weirdness that Prunty put forthOne criticism that I had when I first started reading was that we really aren’t given a lot of time to get to know Jack’s girlfriend so we don’t really get to identify with or care about her We really just get to see it from Jack’s point of view However as I found out later on Prunty did that for a reason Also some of the dialogue between Jack and the other characters was a little awkward at times and didn’t seem to fit with the seriousness of the situation at hand the kidnapping Of course when writing about situations like that it’s difficult to really capture what someone would really do or say since most of us have never dealt with a kidnapping Still despite this awkwardness I felt that Jack was a very real person someone the reader could relate to due to us knowing the progression of his thoughtsI think this may be a result of Prunty’s work in weird flash fiction where the characters are all very bizarro people caught in strange situations Still if I had to pick one area where I’d like to see the author improve in it’d probably be dialogue Of course I’m an El Leonard nut and so I’m very into realistic talk between characters and therefore am overly critical when it comes to that sort of thingThe ending Well like I mentioned above the ending is very strange and I won’t do the reader the disservice of revealing it The explanation behind everything is strange yet like novels by authors such as Dean Koontz and Stephen King not everything is revealed Things aren’t spelt out for us and we’re left with just enough mystery to make us want a seuel but not too little as to not form a satisfying ending There is still a feeling that Prunty probably feels at home with shorter works Though JACK MR GRIN is close to 200 pages there is a feeling that he padded it a little bit with of Jack’s thoughts than was necessary I do have a feeling however that his next novel will probably improve upon this and therefore I’m looking forward to his next workOverall this is a nail biting bizarro novel that will keep you wondering until the very end It’s a bizarro thriller that was a disturbing joy to experience I definitely prefer JACK MR GRIN over his previous work THE OVERWHELMING URGE since it gave Prunty the room to explore characters and flesh out the weird world that he cracked open in his flash fiction

  6. Lea Lea says:

    I'm not going to lie parts of this were pretty brutal but the story really kept me guessing and it was one of those books that you just can't put down until you find out what happensJake leaves his girlfriend Gina at home while he runs out to pick up breakfast one Sunday morning When he returns Gina is missing and in that moment Jack just knows that something terrible has happened When he receives a phone call from Mr Grin his worst fears are confirmed and Jack has 24 hours to find the woman he loves or he will lose her foreverThroughout Jack's odyssey to save Gina Mr Grin torments him calling Jack so he can listen to Gina's screams as Mr Grin tortures her I really wasn't sure how the author would resolve Gina's abuse it was difficult to see how Gina or Jack would be able to move past their ordeal but Prunty threw in a couple of nifty twists to ease the reader's heart on that matter A big thank you to the author for that BTW I would have finished this book on a very sour note if that hadn't been the caseI was very surprised by the identity of Mr Grin I wasn't sure the author would be able to make the villain evil enough to make his actions make sense he did or that in the end his motives would seem realistic within the framework of the story again he pulls it off There was also a very sad moment that I thought Prunty turned around in a very interesting way pulling in what could have been a loose end in order to do so Very niceThis is the third book I've read from this author and I've liked each of them I will definitely read of his workOne final note the cover of my copy scared the bejeesus out of my kids so you might want to be careful leaving it out if your children are also easily frightened Because of the cover though my kids were extra intrigued by this book and keep asking me if Jack rescued his girlfriend

  7. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    First thanks for the loan Marvin I'm sure I've said this before but I'll say it again Prunty has a wonderful talent for writing relatable bizarro fiction His characters are not flashy they are along the lines of everyday folks and they have everyday problems I like this I also deeply appreciate how the weirdness in his stories creep up on the reader Prunty writes real stories not for the sake of shock His stories have something called a plot I dislike the trend of bizarro writers just throwing out the weirdest shit they can think of I love love love weird but I need an explanation Reading that something odd or awful happened to someone is so much scarier when you can place a face and personality with the person Another thing about Prunty I'm beginning to think of him as that author who writes bizarro romance How wonderful Prunty takes a young man and a young woman and challenges their love by throwing them in otherworldly situations I uite love it The only reason I am rating 4 stars is I wanted character development but you have to know that this is a short work and probably not meant to connect with the reader overly much I don't know maybe it's just me and I'm probably being a little unfair But I did thoroughly enjoy this 4 12 stars and onto another by the author

  8. Lance Lance says:

    I read Prunty's Overwhelming Urge first and thoroughly enjoyed his short storiesflash fiction So I was looking forward to reading Jack and Mr Grin Jack and Mr Grin was not what I expected after the Overwhelming Urge not nearly as bizarre tasteless gross etc but I once again enjoyed it a great deal While the story deals with the supernatural and is brutal at times I don't really consider it to be Bizarro fiction at least not from what I have seen from some of the other Bizarro authors I would say that the story is a fairly straightforward supernatural thriller horror love story and is reminiscent of some of Stephen King's work Mr Prunty already established himself as a talented writer with his short stories Now with Jack and Mr Grin he has also demonstrated the ability to craft a compelling creepy and intense full length novel I understand that Prunty has several novels in the works and look forward to seeing what he does next

  9. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    I listened to this one which is narrated by the author First thing I'll note is the melatonin laced delivery of Andersen Prunty Throughout the entire audio book Prunty seemed on the verge of coma I could see him bracing himself on his desk with his elbows his head held up by a ruler jabbed into his brow to keep him upright as he fought wave after wave of imminent slumber Him popping Ambien like MM's In other words the fucker sounded sleepy I decided to listen to this book solely based on the cover and title I enjoyed Prunty's Fuckness so much I decided to look up some of his other books I had a spare Audible credit so I thought Why not? I do not regret my choice but I am left wanting a bit Not that the story wasn't long enough I simply feel that Prunty missed some opportunities The first three uarters of Jack Mr Grin go by at a snail's pace Add to that Prunty's Rip Van Winkle impression and not even a hardline of caffeine and crack could keep someone awake Damn book is only 4 hours and 15 minutes long but it took me a week to listen to the whole thing If it wasn't for the imaginative final hour of this book it uite possibly would have been a two star read for me I loved the butterflies and the train as well as the final fight but everything else felt so damn lackluster Like a golden room covered in primer The idea was there but loads of filler buried it I wanted of the other world That shit was fun That's what I signed on for In the end I felt as if I drove to Orlando walked across Disney World's massive parking lot took the train to the front gates and then found out the park would be closing in ten minutes I am disappoint In summation This might be a better read than it was a listen but I can only comment on the audio book Given time in the alternate world I might have enjoyed myself I wouldn't recommend this one but I will be checking out some of Prunty's other books Just not in audio

  10. Anita Dalton Anita Dalton says:

    All in all this is a tight well told horrorbizarro tale Every detail matters in the game Mr Grin forces Jack to play Anyone who has either tried to write a mysterythrillerhorror novel will know how hard this is to do and important anyone who has read a novel that cannot pull it off knows how marvelous it is when a writer gets it right Since I don’t want to spoil the plot I can’t go into depth about all the ways that Prunty makes every word matter but I can say that Prunty doesn’t make the mistake of making words count in a calculated stiff manner He is far deft than that Casual conversations help with characterization but it is subtle – not a hammer in our foreheads announcing “Hey character development pay attention” As Jack careens from one bad scene to the next the plot’s pace never seems overwhelming or rushed Read my entire review here

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10 thoughts on “Jack and Mr Grin

  1. Mort Mort says:

    It’s been a few days since I’ve finished this and I’m still not sure how I feel about it So let me start with a music analogyFor those of you who don’t know me I’m a rocker at heart My tastes can be heavier at times and lighter at others but I very rarely like pop music which means my choices can be limitedSome years ago I saw a music video of a song they used in the movie TWILIGHT Sigh let’s get this out of the way first TWILIGHT is not horror Nobody will take you serious as a bad ass if you’re drinking apple juice in a sippy cupThe song was by MUSE I’ve heard a song here and there by them and it was good enough that I wouldn’t change the channel but I wouldn’t have bought an album And then a few years later I saw the music video for UPRISING I fucking LOVED everything about it The music the message and the video especially you can’t go wrong with killer teddy bears Then I heard RESISTANCE which I liked as well They were winning me overAnd then they released the video for the song UNDISCLOSED DESIRES I had to Google it just now and I thought to myself What the FUCK is this SHIT? I just couldn’t believe how much I disliked that particular songWhy this analogy? I’ll get to that laterThe story in this book is mainly about Jack go figure huh He has a monotonous job with absolutely zero intellectual stimulation you know something at least half the Kardashians might be able to do On the day he is about to propose to his girlfriend she disappears He receives a call from Mr Grin that’s right Sherlock who claims to have her and he gives Jack only 24 hours to find her or he will never see her againTo which Jack replies “I don’t have money but what I do have is a particular set of skills”No that’s another story Jack doesn’t really have any skills so he is mightily fucked unless he can come up with something incredible And as the story progresses things will become incredibleSoooooowhat are my thoughts on this storyI find it difficult to articulate because my opinion changes day to day This story borders on extreme horror but at a certain stage you move into this different world where all the rules are different which comes across as fantasy perhaps? And I’ll be damned if I can explain why I felt – disappointed is the wrong word perhaps – like this story didn’t live up to its full potential The reason I say this is because I have thought about it the last few days and I can’t come up with a single idea that could have made this story better than it wasWhich brings me back to the analogy I started withI think Anderson Prunty is like MUSE It will depend on the reader how you experience it Maybe it will be your UPRISING or maybe it will be your UNDISCLOSED DESIRES And not exactly sure if and where the middle ground for this story will be Maybe you should be able to bend your mind just a little than I am comfortable withIn the end I’m glad I read this story it was good

  2. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    When Jack Orange's girlfriend Gina goes missing he soon gets a sinister phone call from a man that sounds like he's constantly smiling Mr Grin Mr Grin has Gina and Jack has 24 hours to find them In the mean time Mr Grin is going to have some fun This is the ninth book in my Kindle Unlimited Experiment For the 30 day trial I'm only reading books that are part of the program and keeping track what the total cost of the books would have been This is my fourth Andersen Prunty novel and my favorite so far Jack Mr Grin is a psychological horror novel about a man racing the clock to find his girlfriend and the psychopath that is holding her hostage Complicating things is that Mr Grin seems all knowing and people who Jack encounters wind up with a brand on them and get possessed with psychotic rage and try to kill him Not to mention Mr Grin repeatedly calling him Around the halfway mark the book was so hard to put down it was as if it was stapled to my hands Jack manages to figure out where Gina might be held and things get pretty bizarre It reminded me of the story of Orpheus a few times I wanted to love this book but I only wound up liking it uite a bit Jack had a case of the stupids a few times like wondering if Mr Grin had supernatural powers late in the book despite all the supernatural things that had already occurred Also there were a few too many unanswered uestions about Gina and Mr Grin Other than that it was an easy four star read for me Current Kindle Unlimited Savings Total 4909

  3. Col Col says:

    SynopsisblurbA surreal and horrifying thriller from Andersen PruntyJack Orange is a twenty something guy who works at a place called The Tent packing dirt in boxes and shipping them off to exotic unheard of locales He thinks about his girlfriend Gina Black and the ring he hopes to surprise her with But when he returns home one day Gina isn't there He receives a strange call from a man who sounds like he is smiling Mr Grin He says he has Gina He gives Jack twenty four hours to find herWhat follows is Jack's bizarre journey through an increasingly warped and surreal landscape where an otherworldly force burns brands into those he comes in contact with trains appear out of thin air rooms turn themselves inside out and computers are powered by birds And if he does find Gina how will he ever survive a grueling battle to the death with Mr Grin? My takeAnother visit to the strange world and fantastic imagination of author Andersen Prunty with his novel Jack and Mr GrinFor a while the book appears to be a kind of straightforward crimey thriller with a woman abducted and a missing person investigation where the abductor Mr Grin taunts the bereft boyfriend Jack and sets him a deadline for saving Gina and an invitation to the showdown from hell where either Jack or Mr Grin will remain the last man standing During the course of the novel Mr Grin contacts Jack regularly and relays graphically to him what particular torment he is inflicting on Gina at that moment Not pleasant not nice and very difficult for both Jack and the reader to bear witness toAlong the way the fantastic the absurd the unexplainable all become part of the narrative and the norm for the story People who assist Jack in his uest become affected and hostile towards him as he along with Gina's brother continues his search Mucho weirdness ensues a fair portion of which I found funny strange disturbing unfathomable but actually uite interesting and entertaining I don't think I'm going to suddenly change the reading habits of my last 30 years but I think I can find room for the occasional venture into Andersen Prunty's strange universeMr Prunty narrated this one himself and I think his somewhat deadpan style of narration made the story seem personal and believable Andersen was JackDecent story decent pace interesting characters and interactions occasional moments of humour In some respects it's a testament to the power of love and the pain and sacrifice and suffering you are willing to endure to preserve that4 from 5Prunty's The Driver's Guide to Hitting Pedestrians has been enjoyed beforeRead listened to August 2020Published 2008Page count 137 4 hrs 15 minsSource Audible purchaseFormat Audiblehttpcol2910blogspotcom202009a

  4. Melki Melki says:

    Jack returns home from procuring a greasy fast food breakfast intending to propose to his lady love Gina BUTGina is nowhere to be foundJack's cell phone rings and suddenly a nasty man is saying nasty things and making nasty promises Jack now has just 24 hours to find Gina or Mr Grin will make her disappear forever And so begins a sick twisted and twisty treasure hunt This is a taut horrorthriller with supernatural elements and nightmarish imagery It is violent and oh yes NASTY at times so be forewarned Unlike many horror novels where the ending is rushed phony or a just plain cop out Let's all hold hands and sing 'Kum Ba Yah' and all the bad spirits will go away this ending fits this book perfectly

  5. Jordan Jordan says:

    Just imagine David Lynch directing an episode of the Twilight ZoneConsidering that the only thing I have read of Andersen Prunty’s work was his flash fiction collection THE OVERWHELMING URGE I was a little unsure about how the author would approach a full length work As I stated in my review of his previous book I’m not a huge fan of flash fiction and prefer longer works Well Prunty answered my prayers with this bizarro cat and mouse suspense novel JACK MR GRIN really captures the pain and anguish of Jack whose girlfriend is kidnapped He is taunted by the kidnapper Mr Grin via cell phone and even though the set up seems clichéd Prunty puts a twist on it by making Mr Grin realistically sleazy and disgusting As soon as you feel like you’re involved in a typical kidnapper holding girl hostage plot something happens that leaves you saying “Oh my god I can’t believe this is happening” or “I can’t believe so and so character just said that”Oh but wait what’s the book about? Jack’s girlfriend disappears and he gets a phone call from a guy who claims that he has her What follows is a weird story that follows Jack on his uest to find her On that uest he encounters not only bizarro situations but doubt about his girlfriend Gina as well Some of the topics covered by Prunty are fidelity and the true past of your girlfriendboyfriend In this the author succeeds in showing the realistic thought processes of a young guy in a troubled relationshipAt times the plotting reminded me of a Dean Koontz novel albeit one that is less corny and contrived Mysterious things happen that make the reader on edge eagerly awaiting the next chapter to find out just what the hell is going on When it all comes together we’re faced with a truly bizarre unfolding of events I don’t want to spoil it so I’ll let the reader find out for themselves Let’s just say you probably won’t see it coming I know that while I was reading the end I sat wide eyed and in awe of the weirdness that Prunty put forthOne criticism that I had when I first started reading was that we really aren’t given a lot of time to get to know Jack’s girlfriend so we don’t really get to identify with or care about her We really just get to see it from Jack’s point of view However as I found out later on Prunty did that for a reason Also some of the dialogue between Jack and the other characters was a little awkward at times and didn’t seem to fit with the seriousness of the situation at hand the kidnapping Of course when writing about situations like that it’s difficult to really capture what someone would really do or say since most of us have never dealt with a kidnapping Still despite this awkwardness I felt that Jack was a very real person someone the reader could relate to due to us knowing the progression of his thoughtsI think this may be a result of Prunty’s work in weird flash fiction where the characters are all very bizarro people caught in strange situations Still if I had to pick one area where I’d like to see the author improve in it’d probably be dialogue Of course I’m an El Leonard nut and so I’m very into realistic talk between characters and therefore am overly critical when it comes to that sort of thingThe ending Well like I mentioned above the ending is very strange and I won’t do the reader the disservice of revealing it The explanation behind everything is strange yet like novels by authors such as Dean Koontz and Stephen King not everything is revealed Things aren’t spelt out for us and we’re left with just enough mystery to make us want a seuel but not too little as to not form a satisfying ending There is still a feeling that Prunty probably feels at home with shorter works Though JACK MR GRIN is close to 200 pages there is a feeling that he padded it a little bit with of Jack’s thoughts than was necessary I do have a feeling however that his next novel will probably improve upon this and therefore I’m looking forward to his next workOverall this is a nail biting bizarro novel that will keep you wondering until the very end It’s a bizarro thriller that was a disturbing joy to experience I definitely prefer JACK MR GRIN over his previous work THE OVERWHELMING URGE since it gave Prunty the room to explore characters and flesh out the weird world that he cracked open in his flash fiction

  6. Lea Lea says:

    I'm not going to lie parts of this were pretty brutal but the story really kept me guessing and it was one of those books that you just can't put down until you find out what happensJake leaves his girlfriend Gina at home while he runs out to pick up breakfast one Sunday morning When he returns Gina is missing and in that moment Jack just knows that something terrible has happened When he receives a phone call from Mr Grin his worst fears are confirmed and Jack has 24 hours to find the woman he loves or he will lose her foreverThroughout Jack's odyssey to save Gina Mr Grin torments him calling Jack so he can listen to Gina's screams as Mr Grin tortures her I really wasn't sure how the author would resolve Gina's abuse it was difficult to see how Gina or Jack would be able to move past their ordeal but Prunty threw in a couple of nifty twists to ease the reader's heart on that matter A big thank you to the author for that BTW I would have finished this book on a very sour note if that hadn't been the caseI was very surprised by the identity of Mr Grin I wasn't sure the author would be able to make the villain evil enough to make his actions make sense he did or that in the end his motives would seem realistic within the framework of the story again he pulls it off There was also a very sad moment that I thought Prunty turned around in a very interesting way pulling in what could have been a loose end in order to do so Very niceThis is the third book I've read from this author and I've liked each of them I will definitely read of his workOne final note the cover of my copy scared the bejeesus out of my kids so you might want to be careful leaving it out if your children are also easily frightened Because of the cover though my kids were extra intrigued by this book and keep asking me if Jack rescued his girlfriend

  7. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    First thanks for the loan Marvin I'm sure I've said this before but I'll say it again Prunty has a wonderful talent for writing relatable bizarro fiction His characters are not flashy they are along the lines of everyday folks and they have everyday problems I like this I also deeply appreciate how the weirdness in his stories creep up on the reader Prunty writes real stories not for the sake of shock His stories have something called a plot I dislike the trend of bizarro writers just throwing out the weirdest shit they can think of I love love love weird but I need an explanation Reading that something odd or awful happened to someone is so much scarier when you can place a face and personality with the person Another thing about Prunty I'm beginning to think of him as that author who writes bizarro romance How wonderful Prunty takes a young man and a young woman and challenges their love by throwing them in otherworldly situations I uite love it The only reason I am rating 4 stars is I wanted character development but you have to know that this is a short work and probably not meant to connect with the reader overly much I don't know maybe it's just me and I'm probably being a little unfair But I did thoroughly enjoy this 4 12 stars and onto another by the author

  8. Lance Lance says:

    I read Prunty's Overwhelming Urge first and thoroughly enjoyed his short storiesflash fiction So I was looking forward to reading Jack and Mr Grin Jack and Mr Grin was not what I expected after the Overwhelming Urge not nearly as bizarre tasteless gross etc but I once again enjoyed it a great deal While the story deals with the supernatural and is brutal at times I don't really consider it to be Bizarro fiction at least not from what I have seen from some of the other Bizarro authors I would say that the story is a fairly straightforward supernatural thriller horror love story and is reminiscent of some of Stephen King's work Mr Prunty already established himself as a talented writer with his short stories Now with Jack and Mr Grin he has also demonstrated the ability to craft a compelling creepy and intense full length novel I understand that Prunty has several novels in the works and look forward to seeing what he does next

  9. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    I listened to this one which is narrated by the author First thing I'll note is the melatonin laced delivery of Andersen Prunty Throughout the entire audio book Prunty seemed on the verge of coma I could see him bracing himself on his desk with his elbows his head held up by a ruler jabbed into his brow to keep him upright as he fought wave after wave of imminent slumber Him popping Ambien like MM's In other words the fucker sounded sleepy I decided to listen to this book solely based on the cover and title I enjoyed Prunty's Fuckness so much I decided to look up some of his other books I had a spare Audible credit so I thought Why not? I do not regret my choice but I am left wanting a bit Not that the story wasn't long enough I simply feel that Prunty missed some opportunities The first three uarters of Jack Mr Grin go by at a snail's pace Add to that Prunty's Rip Van Winkle impression and not even a hardline of caffeine and crack could keep someone awake Damn book is only 4 hours and 15 minutes long but it took me a week to listen to the whole thing If it wasn't for the imaginative final hour of this book it uite possibly would have been a two star read for me I loved the butterflies and the train as well as the final fight but everything else felt so damn lackluster Like a golden room covered in primer The idea was there but loads of filler buried it I wanted of the other world That shit was fun That's what I signed on for In the end I felt as if I drove to Orlando walked across Disney World's massive parking lot took the train to the front gates and then found out the park would be closing in ten minutes I am disappoint In summation This might be a better read than it was a listen but I can only comment on the audio book Given time in the alternate world I might have enjoyed myself I wouldn't recommend this one but I will be checking out some of Prunty's other books Just not in audio

  10. Anita Dalton Anita Dalton says:

    All in all this is a tight well told horrorbizarro tale Every detail matters in the game Mr Grin forces Jack to play Anyone who has either tried to write a mysterythrillerhorror novel will know how hard this is to do and important anyone who has read a novel that cannot pull it off knows how marvelous it is when a writer gets it right Since I don’t want to spoil the plot I can’t go into depth about all the ways that Prunty makes every word matter but I can say that Prunty doesn’t make the mistake of making words count in a calculated stiff manner He is far deft than that Casual conversations help with characterization but it is subtle – not a hammer in our foreheads announcing “Hey character development pay attention” As Jack careens from one bad scene to the next the plot’s pace never seems overwhelming or rushed Read my entire review here

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